While Liverpool FC International Academy- Michigan was established in 2016, its predecessor Force Football Club has been serving the Michigan soccer community for more than 20 years.
The "Bloomfield Force" started as the "travel" component of the Bloomfield Hills Youth Soccer League (BHYSL) back in the early 90's. The original founders of the league/club were Dr. Bill Nixon, Robert Sisk and Rick Pinkos. These three men, with the help of Bill Powers, created a travel component to the existing BHYSL recreational program. This created an opportunity for the best players to develop their soccer abilities in order to prepare them for High School soccer at Lahser and Andover.
The club, which originally started with only 4 teams, offered Andy Wagstaff a position as a club trainer which evolved into a full-time Director of Coaching position in 1995. At that time Andy was still playing professionally for the Detroit Neon, but his enthusiasm for the game enabled him to create some new policies that helped shape the future of the club.
The first policy implemented was to start teams at U10 rather than U12, continue beyond U14, and play all the way up to U18. Next was to hire only coaches who are considered qualified and, most important, initiating a grassroots program called the "Center of Excellence." This grassroots program enabled the Force to select the best young players from the BHYSL and start training them under the direction of the new Director of Coaching.
Incredibly the first young teams started went on to achieve great things. The Boys 1990 age group eventually won the State Cup for Michigan at U18. Several of those boys went on to play collegiate soccer at Princeton, Oakland University, Michigan, MSU, and Washington University.
The 1989 Bloomfield Force girls went on to win back-to-back National Championships, the first time ever in Michigan. They also went on to represent Michigan, UCONN, Villanova, MSU, Northwestern, and Oakland University, just to name a few. This group also produced two National Team players in Jackie Carron (University of Michigan) and Laura Heyboer (Michigan State), who started with the Force at U12 and U14, respectively.
Another focus has been utilizing quality training and game facilities. The club currently trains year round at Ultimate Soccer Arenas's state-of-the-art facilities in Pontiac. Additionally, Bloomfield Schools District's West Hills Middle School fields are used for outdoor games.
The Force has placed over 200 players into collegiate programs and takes great pride in developing players from both a soccer and life skills perspective.
The Force logo has two stars representing the club's two National USYSA Championships.
After announcing a partnership with Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League in February 2016, the club began operating as "Liverpool FC International Academy- Michigan" beginning at tryouts in June 2016.
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